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The drive shaft is used for power transmission between the gear and the drive wheel , it is part of the powertrain. In order to follow the compression movements and the steering angle joints are available , which is why the term is used propeller shaft. Partly due to the high load when accelerating drive shafts are subject to wear, which often requires repeated replacement during a vehicle's life . Typical wear signs are popping sounds when the load changes . To protect rubber sleeves over the sealed type ( approximately 90 cc per MoS ₂ grease ) provided joints are attached. Often a visual inspection of these cuffs as regular maintenance work is required by the manufacturer. Porous cuffs should be replaced soon , tear them , when driving the grease is forced out and dirt and water can damage the joints. In extreme cases, axle shafts break off and cause major damage to the vehicle while driving.